From rick Fri Feb 8 09:28:09 2002
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 09:28:09 -0800
Subject: Re: [ILUG] Advice on setting up Linux please

Quoting John Flanagan (

> My main use for the PC at the moment is dial-up internet access using
> ICQ, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express.

Remember what I said about Linux cultural assumptions and habits? Bear in mind that you'll be hearing mostly from technical users who are network-centric, who prefer lighter tools and shy from "integration", who will go to some lengths to have no-hassle hardware and open-source software instead of proprietary competitors, and who are not allergic to the command line and getting one's hands dirty.


The following will tend to make your life difficult:

The following is absolutely optimal:

Most of the above is equally true on any OS. You'll just find more people who acknowledge the truth of the matter, using Linux.

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